2023-2024 Public Policy Fellows
CHCI Public Policy Fellow Presented by LiveNation
Hometown: McLean, Virginia
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Degree: B.A. in Journalism
Placement: The Office of Congressman Joe Neguse
Nick (he/him) is an Ecuadorian-American who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Northern Virginia. Nick is very close with his family; his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 and he has an older sister and younger brother. From a young age, Nick’s passion for American history and government has been the driving force behind his decision to study Political Science and pursue a career in public service, viewing government as an avenue to support marginalized groups and promote educational advancement. His parents emphasized the importance of giving back and sparked a passion within him to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Inspired by his heritage and driven by a desire to support underserved communities, Nick actively engaged early on with organizations such as the Latino Student Fund, empowering young Latino students and promoting educational and professional opportunities for all.
Nick went on to pursue a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). As an undergraduate student, Nick focused on being involved with his community and growing his leadership experience. Nick served as Vice President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In this role, he received numerous honors, including two consecutive Scholarship-Leadership awards. He was unanimously elected by his peers to represent 63 chapters and over 3,000 undergraduate brothers to the Kappa Sigma International Board of Directors. He interned with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, assisting prosecutors with pre-trial criminal and consumer-protection casework. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the University of Colorado Student Government, as well as Vice Chair of the Boulder County Young Democrats.
Nick’s professional and educational experiences reaffirmed his decision to pursue a career in public service. As the CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Nick hopes to gain further understanding of the legislative process and advance policies that uplift the Hispanic community and other marginalized groups.